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Family of mentally ill Florida man releases videos of police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:40
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - New videos showing a mentally ill Florida man being shot dead by police call into question a Miami area department's explanation of the shooting, said attorneys for the victim's family who released the footage on Wednesday. Footage captured from within a police car at the scene show shell cases flying as a police officer shot 25-year-old Lavall Hall on Feb. 15. Two of the bullets hit Hall, Miami Gardens police told reporters in the days after the incident, explaining that Hall had attacked officers with a broom stick. A spokesman for the Miami Gardens Police Department was not immediately available to comment.

U.S. appeals court deals setback to Florida tobacco plaintiffs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:38
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruling on Wednesday could make it more difficult for smokers suing tobacco companies in Florida to prove claims that cigarettes are dangerous and that tobacco companies were negligent. The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses more than $800,000 in damages from R.J. Reynolds and Altria Group Inc unit Philip Morris USA Inc awarded in 2013 to Earl Graham, whose wife Faye, a longtime smoker, died in 1993 of lung cancer. More broadly, the court said smokers who, like Graham, were originally part of a massive class action in Florida against the tobacco companies could not rely on findings from the class action trial to prove claims that cigarettes are defective and tobacco companies were negligent.

Sheriff: Missouri shooter was drunk, had marijuana in system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:38
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southern Missouri man who fatally shot seven people before killing himself had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit and marijuana in his system, according to lab results released Wednesday.

Botched rape investigation leads to major lawsuit settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:36

In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters in Phoenix. Arpaio, known for crackdowns on illegal immigration has acknowledged that he violated federal court orders in a racial profiling case. Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio and top aide Jerry Sheridan said in papers filed late Tuesday, March 17, 2015 that their clients agree they have committed civil contempt of court. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Officials agreed Wednesday to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged metro Phoenix's sheriff botched the investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl and failed to arrest the suspect who then went on to sexually attack her again.


Relief in Boston as Tsarnaev convicted on all counts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:32
By Richard Valdmanis and Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's conviction on Wednesday came as a relief to residents of the city, though many expressed mixed feelings over whether the 21-year-old should be put to death for his crimes. The jury will now decide whether Tsarnaev should be executed. It is a first step toward closure, honestly," said Armando DiCianno, 34, a consultant from Boston who said he was nearby when the homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd of runners, volunteers and spectators. "I have always been against the death penalty, but when something like this happens to you, your opinions change a little bit," he said.

Tsarnaev convicted in Boston bombing, may face death sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:32

A courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone, Elizabeth Barber and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on Wednesday of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 264 others, and the jury will now decide whether to sentence him to death. Tsarnaev, 21, is the surviving member of pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who planted the homemade pressure-cooker bombs that tore through the crowd at the famed race's finish line in one of the most shocking attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. His lawyers opened Tsarnaev's federal trial in Boston a month ago by bluntly admitting "it was him" who planted one of the bombs on April 15, 2013 and three days later shot dead a police officer, kicking off a day of chaos in Boston. The courtroom was packed with survivors of the attack including the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest fatality, and law enforcement officials, including former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.


Jennie-O turkey farm in Minnesota hit by deadly bird flu

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:30

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005 file photo, turkeys are pictured at a turkey farm near Sauk Centre , Minn. A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. (AP Photo/Janet Hostetter,File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said Wednesday.


Ex-guardian of abused boy released from N. Carolina jail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:28
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A former social worker who agreed to a plea deal in a case involving a boy in her care who was found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck has been released from jail.

Pipeline that leaked into Montana river was split at weld

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:23
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil had been split at the site of an exposed weld where the line crosses beneath the Yellowstone River, officials said, prompting a warning for pipeline companies nationwide to take precautions against flooding.

U.S. deports retired El Salvador general accused of rights abuses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:20
By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A retired Salvadoran military general accused of human rights abuses arrived in San Salvador on Wednesday after he failed to secure asylum in the United States and was deported. Carlos Vides, defense minister and head of the national guard at the height of El Salvador's 12-year civil war, has been accused of presiding over torture and murder, and with obstructing justice by shielding people accused of abuses. Vides, 78, faces no charges in El Salvador due to an amnesty law exempting crimes committed during the 1980-1992 civil war. A U.S. immigration court began deportation proceedings against him in 2009, on the grounds that the U.S. government does not provide asylum to anyone linked with human rights abuses.

LA mayor envisions greener, more walkable city in the future

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:18

FILE - This Dec. 13, 2013 file photo shows from left, electric cars from Nissan,Tesla, and Toyota presented at a news conference in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a plan on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, designed to make Los Angeles a more green and liveable city. The plan envisions more solar panels on rooftops and an expanded public transportation system. (AP Photo/Nick Ut,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles, known for its cars, smog and sprawl, wants to reinvent itself as the home of electric vehicles, solar panels and bicycle paths.


Arab Bank fails to void U.S. liability verdict over Hamas attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:13

Stephens, a lawyer for Arab Bank Plc, exits the Brooklyn Federal CourtBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected Arab Bank Plc's bid to overturn a jury verdict finding it liable for knowingly supporting terrorism efforts related to a series of attacks in the Middle East. The Jordan-based bank had been accused by victims of 24 attacks in and around Israel in the early 2000s of handling transactions for Hamas, which the plaintiffs said carried out the attacks, and routing money to charities that supported Hamas or families of suicide bombers. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn, New York found "ample" evidence for jurors to conclude last Sept. 22 that Arab Bank knowingly provided services directly to senior Hamas officials such as Osama Hamdan, a well-known spokesman who often appeared on television to claim responsibility for Hamas for attacks. Cogan also found a "cornucopia" of circumstantial evidence to show that Arab Bank knew or was "willfully blind" to the charities' Hamas affiliations.


Blue Bell expands recall of ice cream made at Oklahoma plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:06
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has expanded its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Oklahoma set to join Kansas in banning flashpoint abortion procedure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:05

Anti-abortion sign is seen as demonstrators march during the Ninth Annual Walk for Life West Coast rally in San FranciscoThe Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday passed a ban on the main procedure used for second trimester abortions, a day after neighboring Kansas became the first state to ban the practice that its critics call "dismemberment abortions." The "Dismemberment Abortion Act" passed easily in both houses of the Republican-dominated Oklahoma legislature and should soon head to Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, who has been a staunch supporter of abortion restrictions. "This law has the power to transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States," Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, a prominent group opposed to abortions, said in a statement on Tuesday in regard to the Kansas ban.


South Carolina police officer fired after black man's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:03
The South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man who was running away from him has been fired, and the remainder of the police force in North Charleston will soon be equipped with body cameras, the city's mayor said on Wednesday. Police officer Michael Slager was arrested after video emerged of the shooting on Saturday of Walter Scott, 50. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said at a news conference that not all of the video has been made public.

South Carolina officer dismissed after shooting man in back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:03

Still image from video allegedly shows police officer shooting man in the back in North CharlestonBy Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer has been fired after being charged with murder for shooting a black man in the back as he fled, but questions remained on Wednesday about some details of the killing that was filmed by a witness. The shooting occurred on Saturday in North Charleston, a town of about 100,000 people, nearly half of whom are black, but it gained national media attention on Tuesday when the video became public. The shooting was the latest in a series of deaths during police encounters in the United States that have led protesters to decry racism and police brutality. North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said at a news conference that he did not know whether officers performed CPR on the victim, 50-year-old Walter Scott, who ran away after being stopped by police for a broken brake light on his vehicle.


Standoff erupts when mom comes for kids in polygamous town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:03
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Efforts by a former member of Warren Jeffs' sect to retrieve her four children from a polygamous community led to a lengthy standoff after dozens of followers surrounded the woman's van and some allegedly threw chickens at it.

Family of man found hanging in Mississippi wants information

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:58
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawyers hired by the family of a black man who was found hanging in Mississippi said Wednesday that they are hiring independent experts, including a high-profile forensic pathologist, to conduct an investigation separate from the one pursued by state and federal authorities.

U.S. deports ex-El Salvador defense minister accused of torture

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:56

Relatives of war victims protest against Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, former Salvadorean minister of defense from 1983-1989, upon his arrival at El Salvador International AirportBy Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday deported Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, El Salvador's former defense minister, accused of involvement in torture and killings 30 years ago during the Central American country's bloody civil war, U.S. officials said. Vides Casanova was defense minister from 1983-89, a brutal period during the conflict between leftist rebels and U.S.-backed government forces. The Department of Homeland Security had in 2009 announced its initiation of deportation proceedings, at the request of human rights activists who sued on behalf of torture survivors. "The deportation of General Vides Casanova is a historic moment for the victims and survivors of human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war," said Carolyn Patty Blum, Legal Advisor the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability, which brought a case against Vides Casanova in 1999 on behalf of torture victims living in the United States.


Mother gets 20 years to life for fatal salt-poisoning of son

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:56

Lacey Spears looks towards Judge Robert Neary during her sentencing on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, N.Y. Spears, convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Joe Larese, Pool)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman convicted of fatally poisoning her 5-year-old son with salt in his hospital feeding tube got a break on her murder sentence Wednesday because she suffers from a mental illness she has refused to acknowledge, the judge said.